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Snapchat is an American multimedia instant messaging app and service developed by Snap Inc., originally Snapchat Inc. One of the principal features of Snapchat is that pictures and messages are usually only available for a short time before they become inaccessible to their recipients. The app has evolved from originally focusing on person-to-person photo sharing to presently featuring users' "Stories" of 24 hours of chronological content, along with "Discover", letting brands show ad-supported short-form content. It also allows users to store photos in a password-protected area called "my eyes only". It has also reportedly incorporated limited use of end-to-end encryption, with plans to broaden its use in the future.

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Original author(s)
Developer(s)Snap Inc.
Initial releaseSeptember 2011; 11 years ago (2011-09)
Stable release(s) [±]
Android12.03.0.22[1]  / 11 October 2022; 3 months ago (11 October 2022)
iOS12.3.0.31[2]  / 11 October 2022; 3 months ago (11 October 2022)
Preview release(s) [±]
Android (Beta)[1]  / 15 October 2022; 3 months ago (15 October 2022)
Operating systemAndroid 5.0 or later
iOS 12 or later
Size64 MB (Android)[3]
258 MB (iOS)[4]
Available in37 languages
List of languages
English, Arabic, Bengali, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese[5]
LicenseProprietary software

Snapchat was created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown,[6] former students at Stanford University. It is known for representing a mobile-first direction for social media, and places significant emphasis on users interacting with virtual stickers and augmented reality objects. In July 2021, Snapchat had 293 million daily active users, a 23% growth over a year.[7] On average more than four billion Snaps are sent each day.[8] Snapchat is popular among the younger generations, particularly those below the age of 16, leading to many privacy concerns for parents.